The Brown football team is the last local team to get underway. Training camp for the Bears began on Saturday, as they are looking to be at the top of the Ivy in 2013.
Phil Estes begins his 16th season at the helm of the Brown football team and there is plenty of reason for optimism as he returns loads of firepower and strong captains on both sides of the ball.
"What we are excited about is the type of team that we have here," Estes said. "It compares a little bit to the 2008 championship team where everyone always said who knew, and we said we knew. I think we have those types of players here. I think Patrick Donnelly as our captain and our leader on offense is one of those guys who was a little underated as a quarterback last year but to me is one of the best quarterbacks in the league this year. And then there is Michael Yules on defense. I think he had his breakout year last year. He was instrumental in creating a lot of havoc on our defense."
Estes sums it up perfectly, but comes short of talking about any championships. Yules, a senior from Moses Brown High School knows what he wants to do in his final year.
"I think the most important goal is a championship," Yules said. "That we talk about every day. It is something that coach preaches. It is something we talk about every day. We break down every day with that on our minds. It is the ultimate goal and the only goal."
Donnelly gets back his top two wide receivers in Tellef Lundeval and Jordan Evans as well as running back and former Ivy 100 meter champ John Spooney who missed last season due to injury
"I think offenseively we have a lot of weapons," Donnelly said. "I think the one thing people haven't mentioned is that we have five senior offenseive lineman which as a quarterback is one of the best things you can have.
"Having a full year under my belt and I played some as a sophomore too, just more experience, the more comfortable you are with concepts and reading defenses and everything that goes along with playing quarterback. I am pretty comfortable right now," Donnelly said.
The Bears start the regular season september 21st at home against Georgetown.